Ever hear a song for the first time and your immediate response is “Really?? Someone let them go out like that???” Unfortunately, we know that reaction all too well. Now, we ain’t promising you’re gonna fall madly, deeply in love with every song on the Indie Dojo, but we do promise to drop kick as many craptastic ones as we can. And if you think otherwise, by all means, let us know. Suggestions, comments and/or rants as always welcome over at allegra[at]themusicninja.com. The flood gates have been opened.
A man and his guitar is a beautiful thing.
A man with a captivating voice, sitting along a fence, giving all he has to cover Ellie Goulding’s “Dead in the Water” is an even more beautiful thing.
We at TMN are huge fans of the highly talented Jared Wohl, or as he is better known, the voice and musical skills behind Farewell Luna. Wohl has added his laid back Indie/Alternative sound to give this Goulding song a soothing calm feeling, one where you can close your eyes and really hear every lyric in the piece. Many artists attempt to cover a Goulding song, it is something to aspire to for many singers. Wohl does an amazing job of capturing the original feeling of the piece while adding his own whimsical touch and the video carries a certain touch of blissfulness.
The cutesy, ever-catchy duo She & Him are gearing up to release their brand new album, Volume 3, on May 7th via Merge Records. We gave you a sneak peek of the LP with “Never Wanted Your Love” (above), but if that track’s not enough sweet vintage pop for you, fear not, dear ninja, as the whole record is streaming more than a week before its official release, courtesy of NPR. Enjoy.
We hear a lot of good music. It’s our job to sift through submission after submission. There are very few moments that we are completely blown away by something, but tonight is one of those moments. Swedish duo Taped Rai introduces their first release, “Shadow of The Sun,” after the collaboration with David Guetta on “Just One Last Time”. We’re honestly at a loss of words on how to describe this. The ethereal vocals are leaving us in complete awe, so we’ll just let you listen for yourself. Enjoy.
You gotta love when you stumble across a fantastic genre bending group; someone that really knows how to fuse styles together to create something really special. That’s exactly what we have here today for you. Brooklyn based quartet X Ambassadors, who recently signed to KIDinaKORNER/Interscope Records, are surely going to take the nation by storm with their new label backing.
Today we’re offering up a free download of a re-issued track “Unconsolable,” which is a reflection on the bands upbringing in Ithica. This track, which is a year old but still part of their debut EP Love Songs Drug Songs, features driving dark tribal drumming, emotionally crafted lyrics, and soft underlying guitars. Make sure to keep an eye out for this EP, as it comes out May 7th. Check out the YouTube snippet below.
Also, we’re pretty damn sure these guys would be amazing live. Check out their upcoming tour and snag tickets before it’s too late.
5/4 Brooklyn, NY Cameo
5/8 Raleigh, NC Red Hat Amphitheater w/ Imagine Dragons
5/10 Boca Raton, FL Sunset Cover Amphitheater w/ Imagine Dragons
5/11 St. Augustine, FL S. Augustine Amphitheater w/ Imagine Dragons
5/28 Los Angeles, CA Viper Room
5/30 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Palladium w/ Imagine Dragons
5/31 San Francisco, CA America’s Cup Pavilion w/ Imagine Dragons
6/1 San Diego, CA SDSU Open Air Theatre w/ Imagine Dragons
6/3 Phoenix, AZ Comerica Theatre w/ Imagine Dragons
Last Friday night saw a few of your trusty Music Ninjas catch up with two of our favorite So-Cal groups; Carousel (whom we had the pleasure of interviewing a few months ago; read it here) opening for Mansions on the Moon. Our evening with the laid-back dance-pop gurus was booked at perhaps the most intimate and acoustically appealing live venue in Denver, the Larimer Lounge, and marked the last date as opening tour support for MotM. This was most likely the last time to catch the boys live before they once again lock themselves inside their gorgeous studio for the next few months to record material for another upcoming EP; and let’s just say we were absolutely ecstatic to be a part of such a wonderfully paired show.
Armed with an army of trusty synthesizers, MIDI controllers, Kevin Friedman’s incendiary electric guitar and Jackson Phillips’ angelic but masculine vocals, Carousel took to the stage opening with one of their many viral hits “Know It’s Right”, and a collective crowd feeling began to set in, telling us that we were auspicious witnesses to two extraordinary musicians doing what they love and do best. It was actually a little difficult not to be consumed with a perma-smile from their happy dance sounds as they flitted between their slew of Hype Machine dominating singles including “Let’s Go Home”, “Where Have You Gone”, “Stay Awake” and a few gems from one of 2011’s most noteworthy debuts, the 26 Allston EP, aptly named for their address while attending the coveted Berklee School of Music. While this was our second time catching them live in Denver, we would like to think of this last gig as their real introduction to our music scene as there were almost triple the amount of listeners in attendance this time around, and most of them weren’t as shy to twerk their proverbial stuff a little more freely either. Throughout such an entrancing, emotionally charged set, it also became easy to forget, when my eyes would drift away from the stage, that only two people were creating these sounds, rather than an entire backing band. But that endowment is part of the reason they remain one of our favorite bands here at TMN. Closing out the set was a toast to the crowd as the boys, who at this point were drenched in performance perspiration, downed a few shots of tequila and then perfectly crafted a brooding cover of Robyn’s anthem “Dancing On My Own” which featured full audience participation in belting out the chorus. There is just something strangely satisfying about seeing a good-looking male pair croon the lyric “I’m not the girl you’re taking home” and we’re pretty sure they have figured that out at this point as well. Carousel once again captured our hearts and imaginations in just over an hour, whilst setting the stage for the down-tempo, ambient pop-rock of fellow Californians Mansions on the Moon.